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The Oxford English Dictionary once lost a word!

But even they will admit of a number of amusing eccentricities about the book, both in its selections and in the editors’ choice of spellings; a small but veritable academic industry has recently developed in which modern scholars grumble about what they see as the sexism and racism of the work, its fussily and outdated imperial attitude. (And to Oxford’s undying shame there is even one word – though only one – that all admit was actually lost during the seven decades of the OED’s preparation – though the word was added in a supplement, five years after the first edition appeared.)

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